From the humanity series … the indomitable spirit rising from misestimations like blades of grass springing from cracks in the concrete to reach for the sun … our differences are petty but our individuality is not.
From the love series … one of the most enjoyable aspects of life is the organic growth experienced from the union of two beings.
Continuing to try different emotional tones to see which communicates the best … conclusion? It depends on the emotional tone of the audience, as one would expect, although I believe that higher toned people have a wider range of appreciation for lower toned images than lower toned people have for higher toned images.
A common theme in my work is faces within faces, emotions within emotions – sometimes seemingly in conflict. But a being creates his own emotions … you can easily have gloom in a world of color or color in a world of gloom.
Exploring different means of expression keeps my art alive for me. This one was inspired by experiences I had in college, and before, with woodcuts, linoleum cuts and lithographs. It excited me to draw it; it excites me to look at it. I hope to produce that excitement in my audience.
I often don’t know what I’m going to draw when I start. In this case, I began with the vertical brush strokes on the left and then added the face emerging from behind them.
A favorite of mine. An Austrian nobleman at the coronation of Karl I in Vienna in 1916. More “illustratorish” than much of my work, but it really communicates.
I used my traced photograph process to produce a rare self portrait. I had to embrace the wrinkles … a portrait of the artist as an old man.
It is a wonder to me where inspiration comes from sometimes. This was drawn on November 5, 2018, the day before the midterm elections. I wasn’t consciously thinking about the elections; just started with a doodle. Today, 4 days later, it strikes me that the man in the drawing vaguely resembles Gavin Newsom, an acquaintance who won the election for California Governor 3 days ago – the day after the drawing. That the predominant color is blue and a “wave” is featured was also “unintentional”.
Another from the traced photograph series. The subject of immigration is an emotionally charged subject these days. This personal, historical perspective is presented in the hopes of adding a dimension for understanding.